Bluesfest enters NSW Tourism Hall of Fame with Third Win in a Row!

AAR Bluesfest Byron BayFor the third year in a row, Bluesfest Byron Bay has won the Best Major Festival & Event at the NSW Tourism Awards. The competition was particularly fierce in 2017 with Vivid Sydney, 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival and The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras all in contention for the title.

“Pinch me I’m dreaming, we just won Best Major Festival and Event at the NSW tourism awards for the third year in a row,” said Bluesfest Executive Director Peter Noble. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen. I would like to thank everyone associated with presenting the event for their incredible dedication and professionalism.”

Bluesfest is proud to be a major driver of tourism to the Northern Rivers region. From a modest crowd of 6,000 when it began in 1990, Bluesfest now attracts an audience of over 100,000. It is regarded as the foremost destination and premier contemporary Blues & Roots Music Festival in Australia.

Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the 2018 Easter long weekend for the 29th Annual Bluesfest. During the Festival they will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on-site camping in a range of accommodation options.

Artists announced for 2018 include: Lionel Richie, Robert Plant, John Butler Trio, Youssou Ndour, Tash Sultana, Seal, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gomez, The New Power Generation, José Gonzalez, Jimmy Cliff, Chic featuring Nile Rodger, Canned Heat plus many more with further announcements to come…

The 2018 Bluesfest Byron Bay runs 29 March to 2 April. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Aerial view of Bluesfest Byron Bay (supplied)